Digital social entrepreneurship: the n-helix response to stakeholders’ covid-19 needs

Ibáñez, María José, Guerrero, Maribel, Yáñez-Valdés, Claudia F. and Barros-Celume, Sebastián (2021) Digital social entrepreneurship: the n-helix response to stakeholders’ covid-19 needs. The Journal of Technology Transfer. ISSN 0892-9912 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-021-09855-4

Abstract

This study explores the emergence of a new entrepreneurship phenomenon (digital social entrepreneurship) as a result of the collaboration among many agents (N-Helix), given the government’s limited capacity to respond to the stakeholders’ needs satisfaction related to an exogenous event (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic). Our theory development is based on three ongoing academic debates related to (a) the unrepresentativeness of the stakeholder theory in entrepreneurship research; (b) the emergence of digital social entrepreneurship (DSE) as a bridge between stakeholders’ needs, socio-economic actors, and digital-social initiatives; and (c) the role of N-Helix collaborations to facilitate the emergence of global knowledge-intensive initiatives and the rapid adoptions of open innovations. Our results support our assumptions about the positive mediation effect of DSE in the relationship between N-Helix collaborations and stakeholders’ satisfaction. Notably, results show how pandemic has intensified these relationships and how DSE in N-Helix collaborations can generate social impacts globally. Some implications for policy-makers have emerged from our results that should be considered during/post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stakeholders theory, Digital social entrepreneurship, N-Helix collaboration, Knowledge transfer, Technology transfer, COVID-19 pandemic
Subjects: J900 Others in Technology
N100 Business studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 13:11
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45777

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